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Okanagan Nation Declaration
We, the Okanagan Nation make this declaration today as a sign for every generation to come, Therefore we herby declare that:
We are the unconquered aboriginal peoples of this land our mother; The creator has given us our mother, to enjoy, to manage and to protect; We the first inhabitants, have lived with our mother from time immemorial; Our Okanagan Governments have allowed us to share equally in the resources of our mother; We have never given up our rights to our mother, our mother's resources, our governments, our religion; We will survive and continue to govern our mother and her resources for the good of all for all time.

ONA_Who We Are

Since time immemorial, the history of the Okanagan began, long before the arrival of the Europeans. We are the Syilx-speaking people – the original inhabitants of a vast and beautiful territory that encompasses forests, grasslands, lakes and desert. For thousands of years, the Okanagan people were self-reliant and well provided for through their own ingenuity and use of the land and nature. We lived united as a nation with a whole economy, travelling the breadth and depth of our territory, hunting and fishing, growing and harvesting, crafting and trading to meet our needs.

  • 2016 Annual General Assembly

    Westbank, BC
    Thursday, July 21, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016
    All day

    Westbank First Nation will be hosting the Annual General Assembly at 1920 Quail Lane Rd, the WFN Gymnasium in Westbank, BC. To register, please visit our Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/okanagan-nation-annual-general-assembly-2016-tickets-26063868733

    The Youth Leadership Conference will be…

  • 2016 Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast

    Okanagan Falls Provincial Park
    Friday, September 16, 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016
    All day

    The 2016 Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast & Celebration will take place September 16 – 18, 2016 at Okanagan Falls Provincial Park.

    It is one of the goals of the Okanagan Nation to preserve the traditions and culture of the Syilx…

  • Okanagan Nation Wellness Forum 2016

    Penticton, BC
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - Thursday, October 20, 2016
    8:30am - 8:00pm

    October 19-20, 0216.

    The Okanagan Nation Alliance will be hosting a 2 day Okanagan Nation Wellness Forum in Penticton, BC.

    Please stay tuned for more information.

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  • Syilx Language Year 1 Celebration

    Students successfully completed the first full year of intensive lessons in Paul Creek Curriculum. These students will resume in September for three more years. Please join us to witness student oral presentations from 10:30 am to noon. For more information,…


    June 1, 2016

    Starting June 3, 2016, the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s (ONA) kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ Hatchery will be providing thousands of sockeye salmon fry for ceremonial fry releases taking place at 6 Mile Creek (Vernon), Trout Creek (Summerland), and Mission…

  • AGA Call for Cooks 2016

    The Okanagan Nation Alliance is putting out a call for cooks for the upcoming Annual General Assembly. This will take place July 21st and 22nd at Sensisyusten Gymnasium in Westbank,BC. For more information, please follow the link below. The deadline…